Things She Tries: Pineapple Slicer

It’s officially summer and that means I’m craving fruit. Growing up in California meant I was fortunate enough to have delicious fruit year round, but living in NY, I’ve found that I really have to wait until summertime to get good fruit. This summer I am completely obsessed with fresh pineapple. I love everything about fresh pineapple except trying to cut it. I’ve seen Youtube vidoes and pictures on Pinterest about how to successfully cut a pineapple, but nothing seemed to work too well, so I decided to buy a pineapple slicer.

I ended up buying two pineapple slicers (yes, I’m that serious about my fresh pineapples). I bought the first one at T.J. Maxx because I had been eyeing pineapple slicers online and I was excited to find one for only $6. I got the second one from nomorerack.com.

The pineapple slicer from T.J. Maxx seemed surprisingly complicated at first.  Of course the package came with a couple of pictures indicating how the pineapple slicer should be used, but of course I didn’t look at them, so it took a few minutes before I figured out that I had to cut the top and bottom of the pineapple off then cut the pineapple in half before I could actually get to work cutting it.  Once I mastered the first step, I moved to the second one of pushing the slicer down through the pineapple. I quickly found a serious problem with this slicer – it just isn’t sharp enough to easily cut through a pineapple. I had to do a lot of work wiggling the slicer back and forth to get it to cut through the pineapple. And once I got to the bottom of the pineapple, it was hard to separate the pineapple from the slicer. All the pushing and wiggling created a juicy mess on my cutting board, but I was able to get a cored and peeled chunk of pineapple that was easy to cut.

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When my second pineapple slicer arrived from nomorerack, I thought it wasn’t going to be much better than the first one. Nomorerack sells discount products that are often off brand and it can be a hit or miss. I assumed this pineapple slicer was going to be a miss. It looked cheap and unfinished. But I was presently surprised when I tried using it for the first time. Unlike the other slicer that involved a bit of pineapple pre-cutting, I only had to cut off the top of the pineapple to use this slicer. After cutting off the top, I just pushed the slicer down on the pineapple and twisted. The slicer went right through the pineapple without much pressure or effort. Once the slicer got to the bottom of the pineapple all I had to go was gently pull up on the handle and the pineapple came right out of the shell. The handle of the slicer comes apart, so the pineapple can easily slide off the slicer.  This slicer was much more efficient than the first slicer and there was a lot less work and mess involved. It also leaves the shell in tact, which is great if you want to use it as a serving vessel at a party.

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I’m going to keep both pineapple slicers, but I’ll definitely be using the second one more often.

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Food She Tries: Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Ice cream has been my one guilty pleasure since I decided to become low gluten and thus ditch most process foods. I’ve been buying the small individual servings of Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream for the past few months, but I don’t like the idea of all the chemicals and preservatives that are found in store bought ice cream. I want to put good things in my body, even when I’m eating a sweet treat like ice cream, so I recently bought a Hamilton Beach ice cream maker on sale at Kohl’s. Today I making ice cream (peach flavor) for the first time with a recipe I found online.

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I will admit this take a little more time and planning than store bought ice cream, but the process was also really fun. The ice cream maker instructions suggest letting the freezer bowl of the ice cream maker sit in the freezer overnight, but I had mine in there for about 36 hours before I actually got around to making the ice cream.

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When I was ready I peeled/cut 4 fresh peaches and combined them in a blender with 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Once combined, I put the mixture in the freezer and let it chill for about 30 minutes. Then in a separate bowl, I whisked two eggs and combined them with 3/4 cups of sugar, 1 cup milk and 2 cups heavy cream. Instead of combining the peach mixture and the ice cream base together in a bowl, I just poured them both in the ice cream maker  and let the ice cream maker mix them together. After 20 minutes in the ice cream maker, I had soft serve peach ice cream, but because I like a firmer texture, I put the ice cream in the freezer for 2 hours before eating it.

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Verdict: Eat again, but add small chunks of peach for added flavor and crunch.

 

Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peaches, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups heavy cream or 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  1. Combine the peaches, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and the lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Cover and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Whisk in the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.
  4. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
  5. Pour both mixtures into the ice cream maker and follow ice cream maker directions.